Ah, deodorant. It’s not easy to switch, but it’s one of the more important items to detox in your beauty routine.
Why? A disproportionate amount of breast tumors are found in the upper/outer quadrant of the breast. Some researchers believe this is due to applying deodorant and anti-perspirant every day – that the chemicals are absorbed. Several deodorant ingredients (like aluminum, parabens and fragrance) interfere with your normal hormone function, which has been linked to breast cancer.
Mainstream deodorants often contain triclosan, a probably carcinogen. To top it off, you may find Propylene Glycol – a penetration enhancer – on the ingredient list which helps the other ingredients absorb better. Watch for Propylene Glycol even in natural deodorants.
Beyond ingredients, it’s unhealthy to stop your body from what it does naturally – like sweating.
What Can I Expect When Switching?
When I switched to natural deodorant, I definitely noticed more sweat and body odor at first. Luckily my boyfriend at the time was supportive. It took a couple months for my body to adjust and now? I barely have any odor or wetness, unless I do a hot yoga class or something.
My un-scientific theory? Your poor little armpits have been so clogged by chemicals that your pits go through a little detox process of their own (how cute).
I’ve heard other natural beauty buffs describe a similar experience. So my advice? Start slow. Maybe go natural just on the weekends or on your non-gym days. Gradually increase then just be patient. After a month or two you’ll wonder why you ever used anti-perspirant – just because of a myth we’ve been telling ourselves. You don’t need it. If you’re perspiring heavily and have severe body odor, there are probably other things going on like hormonal issues or dietary allergies.
Great Natural Deodorant Options
Keep in mind: you may need to try a few to find a winner. Some are better than others but it’s also body chemistry.
This one works best for me. Only drawback is it’s a powder so it doesn’t travel as easily as a stick option. Plus it can transfer to dark clothing more than a clear stick or gel. But it’s AWESOME. It really works.
I like the rose one, the lavender’s nice too. It’s clear and a stick, so great for travel and doesn’t leave white marks. Not quite as effective as the Honeybee Gardens one but still a close second.
I haven’t tried this myself but people rave about it. It’s a cream so you have to warm it up and spread it in your armpits. Some reviews say the essential oils can be irritating, so skip it if you have sensitive skin. But it’s supposed to be amazing.
I haven’t tried either of these but have read good reviews.
*A general word of caution – if you shave your armpits regularly, liquid sprays usually contain alcohol and will sting (ouch!).
Have you tried any of these? How nervous are you about using natural deodorants? Tell me in the comments below.
*I’m not affiliated with these companies and receive no compensation if you buy something. If you purchase from my Real Purity discount link I get a small store credit. For more on disclaimers, click here.
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